Research: Project 2

Proton-coupled electron transfer reactions in energy conversion.

It has been shown that key reactions in these complexes are a special type of electron transfer reaction, called a proton-coupled electron transfer reaction (PCET). Although applicable theory exists for straightforward electron transfer (ET), PCET is much more complex. We have been investigating PCET using a synthetic photoactive mimic of the Qo site of the cytochrome bc1 and b6f complexes.